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Guide Beginner How to use a VPN in Pop!_OS 19.04

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So, you're wanting to know how to use a VPN in Linux, specifically Pop!_OS. Well here is how.

Open A Terminal

Pop!_OS
Press Windows+t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Ubuntu
Press Ctrl+Alt+t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Install openvpn
Enter the following command followed by Enter:
sudo apt-get install openvpn

Install Packages

Enter the following command followed by Enter:
sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome

Also, ensure that the resolvconf is installed:
Enter the following command followed by Enter:

sudo apt install resolvconf


Open Network Settings
Access OpenVPN setting in the Settings application (GNOME Control Center)

GNOME-Control-Center


Getting a .ovpn file

OpenVPN uses ‘.ovpn’ files for setting up the VPN on your system and includes the servers to contact. Most VPN providers will provide a .ovpn file such as the following:
Using a .ovpn file
After getting a .ovpn (OpenVPN file type) click the plus icon to the right of the VPN section. A dialog will as show will open. Click "Import from file…"

VPN-Dialog


Select the "ovpn" file downloaded from your VPN provider.
 

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Good info, but if it is a guide for beginners you might want to include how to get the vpn connection started. Also how to use 'Advanced Network Configuration' to make it persistent and start whenever the network is started. As a bonus piece of security info for beginners here is a link to a crude but extremely effective vpn killswitch. If your VPN drops the killswitch will cut the connection so you're not on an unencrypted network.

EDIT: I'll also second a referral for ProtonVPN and include one for AirVPN.
 
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I am very much looking forward to the integration of wireguard for my VPN needs in the future.

Thanks for the OpenVPN guide though.
 

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I hear that ExpressVPN ( https://www.expressvpn.com/vpn-software/vpn-linux ) is very highly rated; a little on the pricey side (12 months for $99.95) but they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee, no activity logs, no connection logs, no DNS query logs (they run their own private encrypted DNS servers), leakproof, built-in network lock in case you drop your VPN connection, unlimited bandwidth (no capping), AES 256 encrypted connection, email and live chat support (24 hour live chat support), and the ability to connect up to 5 devices simultaneously.

Quick 3min tutorial on how to set it up may be viewed on youtube:

My birthday is coming up... think I'll get this one.
 

david1953

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So, you're wanting to know how to use a VPN in Linux, specifically Pop!_OS. Well here is how.

Open A Terminal

Pop!_OS
Press Windows+t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Ubuntu
Press Ctrl+Alt+t on your keyboard. A Terminal window should open.

Install openvpn
Enter the following command followed by Enter:
sudo apt-get install openvpn

Install Packages
Enter the following command followed by Enter:
sudo apt-get install network-manager-openvpn-gnome

Also, ensure that the resolvconf is installed:
Enter the following command followed by Enter:

sudo apt install resolvconf


Open Network Settings
Access OpenVPN setting in the Settings application (GNOME Control Center)

GNOME-Control-Center


Getting a .ovpn file

OpenVPN uses ‘.ovpn’ files for setting up the VPN on your system and includes the servers to contact. Most VPN providers will provide a .ovpn file such as the following:
Using a .ovpn file
After getting a .ovpn (OpenVPN file type) click the plus icon to the right of the VPN section. A dialog will as show will open. Click "Import from file…"

VPN-Dialog


Select the "ovpn" file downloaded from your VPN provider.
 

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